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j, request to speak or guarding general matters. we have said that. -- cynthia. and cassandra sweet, are you here? press the button right there. >> good evening. i am a graduate student pursuing a master's in public health. i'm here to talk about pe. for the last ten months have been turning with -- i have been interning with the san francisco department of public health. our main focus -- the main focus of my master's if this -- this is. last week a study showed most
district elementary schools are not receiving adequate pe. as an intern with the pe advocates i have had the privilege of participating in some of the dialogue with school administrators, principles, and teachers. i would like to express my gratitude to them. to put more focus on improving the. scores of studies have shown physical activity helps to improve cognitive function, concentration, and classroom behavior and may ultimately contribute to closing the new achievement gap in many of our schools. nahyan only should p happen because it is mandated by the state, but because it provides regular physical activity to children who might otherwise not get any. in many neighborhoods it is not safe for children to play outdoors and many families lack the resources for after-school
physical activity classes. among the many reasons it is sold important, p levels the playing field and gives all children equitable access to quality physical activity and skills instruction. i want to thank you for listening to me and i encourage you to continue supporting the administration as it continues their effort to improve and -- in power -- improve pe in our elementary schools. >> good evening. i am a parent of a child whose fifth birthday is in november. i'm here tonight as i was at your last meeting to ask you to reverse your decision of january 26 to abandon the transitional kindergarten program and ask that you offer your original program. if you cannot or will not do that, i and other parents in my position ask that you allow the district to approve waivers for our children said the can enroll
in regular kindergarten in the fall. i think the plan you posted on the district website on january 6 is inadequate, inconsiderate, and unfair. will pay taxes here and we want access to high-quality education for our children but you're trying warwick -- your january 26 decision creates winners and losers among our district youngest students. we think it is this regard to your responsibility to serve the people of san francisco in the most equitable way. some of our parents have tried to make an appointment to speak with you, but your office has not return telephone calls. i and other parents have sent letters to every member of the board. so far we have heard back from two members and we appreciate those numbers taking the time to
research bond. -- to respond. none of the other members have responded. we would like transparency and we think it is not too much to ask. a lot of us are parents with children, older children who are in school. we spend a lot of our time fundraising for schools. that is our top priority. every day. i ask that you please grant us an opportunity to talk. we have to reach an understanding about what you might be prepared to do to alleviate this difficult situation you put us in. we understand the state budget problem, this mountainous problem. we figure you are doing a great job but we would like to talk with you about this issue.
>> i have a fairly large group for the next item which would be addressing some issues at the middle school. martin luther king. what i will do is we have been here before. i am wondering, are you here, do you know each other? are you going to be on the same issue? i will call your name. you will have to make your decision. i will give you a total of 13 minutes for your group to speak. it is one metopes but -- one minute apace because there is quite a few of view. i will call your name. make sure that you are going to cover all the issues you want to cover.
press the button. >> good evening. i am here to support the school of martin luther king. my son is going over there. i have a lot of nieces and nephews that are going over there. i am here. the teachers and a counselor and security are there. they're doing a good job. it is very good. their work very hard and my problem, we need a good principle over there. she's supposed to take me inside her office and we have a meeting. we're talking outside. i see some parents, they
complain about that, too. another thing, she forced my son to write down a report. they're supposed to call the parents first. to find out what is going on. that is not right. another thing, every time i come to meeting, she is supposed to be over there. she is the head of the school. she is the principal. no counselor or teacher thinks like that. another thing over there and i see this, they need more over there. there is no way you play teacher or counselor and you go outside and watch the kids at the bus stop. these people have to pay double pay. thank you. [applause]
>> i am the dean at martin luther king middle school. in this month's california educators there was an article. what makes good school leadership? every school employee knows that a principal can either create a dynamic learning environment or staff feels -- where staff feels valued at filled or makes life extremely difficult for teachers and classified staff. that is what we have with our administrators. [applause] >> my name is dr. karen green, i am a counselor at mlk's. the goal of the department is to help the children make this school a better place. all the staff at mlk helps
improve the quality of life. all the members of the counseling department spent far more hours at school than the contract calls for. the department model is, do the best job possible the matter how long and how much effort is required. the counseling department is a cohesive unit that works well together. in the administrative standard, stender derica alamance 5, counsellors are smokinspoken toa demeaning matter. i know you will be passed off with me if you miss lunch, etc.. it is our trace and we're told, i know who your report to order you doing? martin luther king counseling department wants to be treated with respect. we're highly educated professionals. masters and doctorate levels. [applause]
>> security at mlk. one minute. our task is to motivate and give our students tools and create -- the students are being let down. they're allowed to disrupt the learning process by asserting their will and actions with no accountability. it starts by ignoring the uniform policy. the threatening and challenging of adults without admonishment which grows into actual physical actions. as example, we have responsibilities to exercise good character and values. not by falsifying reports, documents or allowing actions to occur unchecked until it accumulates into a serious incident. being here today, my wishes administration reversed their tactics of authoritarianism and
work with us as adults so we can become an excellent free school where students can get an education in a fair and equitable manner. [applause] >> good evening. i am a teacher at martin luther king. i just questioned the selection process for administrators at our school. this is our fifth set as administrators. in the last five years i've been there. are you as a board being duped by associate superintendent to withhold information on administrators that are being assigned to martin luther king? you know because it was reported at the last board meeting that you are not provided all the information necessary to make an informed decision whether or not to re-
elect an assigned administrator to martin luther king. run with the king is a public school. public schools require community participation. instead, we have an exclusionary regime. like all regimes, this is not encouraged -- and dissent is not encouraged. there is retaliation for independent thinking and support of our students and parents. please return the community, the school, mar and live the king to the community. thank you. >> i am here today because my daughter was a jump that mlked y
several students. students who do not go there got into the school that was on campus and the students that -- just jumped her at school. it was not enrolled that goes to mlk. they were expelled from school. the incident could have been prevented. when she was jumped the first time on the minibus, she did not tell any other person. no other staff what happened. one day, she never followed up and brushed me off the phone. she did not do her job. she did not enforce any other person about this incident.
this led to her being jumped on campus. the assistant principal did not do a good job handling it. i feel like she is not fit for martin luther king. she is not a good role model. . she is not handling the responsibilities. there is a lot of bullying going on. i am trying to get the meeting with her. i feel like she needs to be removed. >> thank you. [applause] >> i am a parent of a student at mlk. my son for started the school, he has several issues we're dealing with and that was brought to their attention. he had starting to accumulate these referrals and reports from
day one. i asked -- as soon as joseph has an issue, can i give me -- can be called? i was not called. what it comes to mr. braxton, i am upset with him. he has a stack of referrals and complaints. he has never given me a meeting. i have asked over and over and i have not received a meeting. i did not understand how you can -- what do you want to do as a parent? if you do not call me and let me know what is going on with my child? i have this one specific teacher that has a stack of reports on my child. i asked her from a-1, when joseph has a problem, call me and we can resolve that. i never got a telephone call but even to apply where my son got in trouble. he got injured on his football
game and he was out of school. i got a call from ms. hurley say she had a rougher -- a referral say that joseph was missing school. she write so many referrals on my son, she had to write one when he was not at school. you need to address the situation and what my meeting. i do not know who ms. eberhart is. thank you. >> i am a parent of a child at school. i want to address the issues at martin luther king. i have lost my auntie and i went up to the school because one of the substitutes called me there to come talk to him. he was going through some problems about my aunt passing
away. i went to the school and i -- the principal shut the gate in my face and i felt that was very rude. we need to get rid of the administrators and the vice principal because i had the board to the unified school district, i still have not heard any answers about the teacher snatching my child and the bottom line is, we need more support in martin is a king. we have great teachers there but the administrators need to go because they're making people angry. they're not doing their job. the thing is, the kids are running around outside of the classrooms and they're not under control. we need more support. >> thank you. >> we are students, parents, and
educators of dr. martin luther king. we ask you to return the dream to our school. not incidents such as these. february 24, administrator threatens to discipline the teacher of severely impaired students following the code, allowing paraprofessionals to provide support for groups of students. february 23, and investors friends -- refuses to suspend a student who solicited oral sex. he informs the counselor. did not warrant a suspension. february 13, administrator has a latino student searched because she was laughing loudly in class, minker's didn't have an illegal substance. the only item they found was a petition not to fire the for -- for teachers we ask you to fire.
an administrator undermines the authority in front of students. i could go on and on. a teacher yelled out in front of students has a nervous breakdown and has not returned. these things need to stop. we need you to return the drink to our school. thank you. -- we need you to return the dream to our school. >> i know you know my face. i have been here all last year over and over again. last year, this time, the board deputy superintendent, you guys to the stand and acknowledged for under serving our communities and you were going to make a change. we have not seen that change. the only thing i will say is when i came to you at closed session before you made the appointment, i came to plead
with you. i am here to say and i do not want to say i told you so. i told you so. you have heard the evidence. i think i quoted the cde, teachers are the heart and the key to closing the achievement gap with the target populations. it is imperative to have the necessary skills and experience to work with challenging students of today, especially the targeted population at martin luther king. if there was a selection process. we believed in the process and we chose the candidates that was most qualified and most experienced to work with our student population. we have two students to write letters and there in your packet. if you could please read those. they could not be here today. it is. back at melissa king.
if i am here telling you, i hope you believe me. -- it is bad at martin luther king. if i am here telling you, i hope you believe me. thank you. [applause] >> let's move onto item t. advisory committee reports. would you like to introduce? >> david golden. >> good evening. we have a very long agenda. i will be brief as we have a long agenda. once a year, a member of the bond oversight committee, in this case, the vice chair of the bond oversight committee comes
forward to the board to give the report regarding the work of the committee and the nature of the audit that happened in the previous year. the vice chair is here to give that report. in addition, lenny dana presenting the auditor is in the audience should any of you have questions about the audit. >> this is one of those matters where boring is good. i am happy to report this year, the audit is exceptionally boring. last year you may or may not recall there was a minor question in the audit about sharing of duties between an employee under the bond program and an employee not under the bond program. the year prior there was a question about the scope of work
being performed under the bond program. there are not minor questions this year. i do not know if you have copies of this but i will walk you through a couple of critical statements. if you go to the annual financial report for the 2003 measure, on page one, in the fourth paragraph, you will see in our opinion, the financial statements referred to about -- present fairly about the position of the fund and its operations ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the united states of america. if you go to page -- is the second to last page in the report that is not numbered. it is numbered page 8, excuse me. go to the fourth paragraph, the last nine. we did not identify any deficiencies that we considered to be material witnesses as
defined above. that is the financial statement. on the report itself on the last page, the fifth paragraph, based on the compliance testing, -- [unintelligible] those statements mean no problem. you will find them replicated as they were in the report for the 2003 bond measure in the reports for the 2006 bond measure. that is my report, briefly. mr. dinallo is here to answer any questions -- mr. dana is here to answer any questions. >> i want to thank you and everybody for serving on this committee. and congratulate everyone including the committee but mostly the staff.
when you get an audit that says there are no findings, it is kind of a miracle. not because things are wrong but because these are complex systems we're keeping track of everything is a difficult and daunting task. i have seen audit reports that did not say things like that. i appreciate the status we have here and all the work i know that is done. i want to thank everyone, including the auditor. >> anybody else want to make some comments? i actually echo commissioner wynns. it does not surprise me in terms of the report. one of the things that i am proud to when i am not there representing the school district, i am proud to talk about our construction and facilities, efforts and
everything is done so well and how we use our funding efficiently. thank you very much. >> i neglected to call for public comment on this item. i am not sure if any member of the public wanted to address this item. this is your opportunity. >> there was no card for that. president yee: thank you very much. any appointments by board members? but to go to item -- let's go to item l, seeing none. special order of business. is there a motion and second to decrease the number of certificated employees due to reduction in particular kinds of services?
>> moved. >> second. president yee: reading of recommendations by superintendent. braxton you want to read that first, the resolution? >> if it is ok with you. i thought we would do the presentation and take questions and read the resolutions one at a time as you voted on. we are -- you can read all 41. president yee: whatever your pleasure is, whatever you think is logical to do. >> can we read the resolution and i would like to make some comments and turn over to you. since the motion has been made and seconded. >> good evening. as the first resolution dealing with the decrease of the -- the decrease in the number of certificated emplo